A low country boil is more of an event than a dish. It is native to the coastal islands of South Carolina and Georgia (often referred to as the low country), but it is a wonderful dish anywhere you can get fresh seafood. My dad cooked this because he is our resident seafood chef having grown up around it, and he didn’t use a recipe, so I am going to give you some guidelines to cooking your own rather than a recipe. While he cooked this in the kitchen, it also great to cook outside in one of those outdoor fryers. We always called it a fish cooker, but that might not be what it is actually called. You may think you need more per person than this suggests, and while I do encourage you to cook all you want, I think you will be quite surprised at how filling this is. All you need to serve it with is a salad and maybe some bread. It is absolutely delicious! And, I should mention that it is also messy. I mean, you really can’t help but make a mess with corn on the cob and peel-your-own shrimp, but that is part of the fun.
Low Country Boil
small red potatoes – about 1/2 lb. per person
smoked sausage such as andouille or kielbasa
corn – 1/2 – 1 ear per person
shrimp unpeeled (with heads on if desired), about 1/2 lb. per person
1 bag of shrimp or crab boil (My dad used Zatarain’s extra spicy, and you even got a bit of spice from the inside of the potatoes and corn.)
optional: cocktail sauce for dipping
In a VERY large stockpot, cover the potatoes with water by several inches and add the shrimp or crab boil. Bring them to a boil and cook not until done, but until you can just pierce them with a fork -about 10 minutes. Add the corn and sausage. Boil until the corn is just almost done – about 10 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook just until pink. This will not take long – maybe 3 or 4 minutes. Do not overcook!
Privacy & Cookies Policy
Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website.